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Christian institutes disfavoring Hijab in India — January 5, 2012

Christian institutes disfavoring Hijab in India

Till sometime back the very excellent schools in Tamil Nadu – India were Christian institutes. They are recognized for their high standards in education. Buts its different now, a lot of other institutes have occurred. One of the best schools here now is Dr.Zakir Naik’s Islamic international school in Chennai – Tamil Nadu, Alhumduleallah.

No matter how high an institutes ranks, nothing gives it the right to keep students from practicing their religion. The case being Christian institutes; why are they exploiting their own rules?

The Bible reads:

Genesis 38:14 And she put her widow’s garments off from her, and covered her with a vail, and wrapped herself, and sat in an open place, which is by the way to Timnath; for she saw that Shelah was grown, and she was not given unto him to wife.
Genesis 24:65 For she had said unto the servant, What man is this that walketh in the field to meet us? And the servant had said, It is my master: therefore she took a vail, and covered herself.
1 Corinthians 11:6-7 For if the woman be not covered, let her also be shorn: but if it be a shame for a woman to be shorn or shaven, let her be covered. 

On what footing do these institutes ask the Muslim girls to unveil them selves in the institutional premises when their own nuns try to veil themselves? When the students or parents try talking to them about the Islamic dress code, they are given a transfer certificate and kicked out of the institute. Most of their uniforms are a skirt around knee-length and a blouse usually with sleeves higher than the elbow. This very clearly breaches the modesty of a lady according to Islam.

The Qur’an clearly states: 

Quran (33:59) – “Tell thy wives and thy daughters and the women of the believers to draw their cloaks close round them…”
Quran (24:31) – “And say to the believing women that they cast down their looks and guard their private parts and do not display their ornaments except what appears thereof, and let them wear their head-coverings over their bosoms, and not display their ornaments except to their husbands or their fathers, or the fathers of their husbands, or their sons, or the sons of their husbands, or their brothers, or their brothers’ sons, or their sisters’ sons, or their women, or those whom their right hands possess, or the male servants not having need (of women), or the children who have not attained knowledge of what is hidden of women; and let them not strike their feet so that what they hide of their ornaments may be known.”  The woman is not only supposed to cover herself, except with relatives, but to look down, so as to avoid making eye-contact with men.
Qur’an (33:55) – “It shall be no crime in them as to their fathers, or their sons, or their brothers, or their brothers’ sons, or their sisters’ sons, or their woman, or the slaves which their right hands possess, if they speak to them unveiled”  A woman is only allowed to present herself unveiled to family and slaves.

The Hadith says: 

Bukhari (6:321) – Muhammad (p) is asked whether it is right for a young woman to leave her house without a veil.  He replies, “She should cover herself with the veil of her companion.”
Bukhari (60:282) – After Muhammad (p) issued the command (Qur’an 24:31) for women to cover themselves, the women responded by tearing up sheets to cover their faces.
Abu Dawud (32:4092) – The Apostle of Allah… said: “O Asma’, when a woman reaches the age of menstruation, it does not suit her that she displays her parts of body except this and this, and he pointed to her face and hands”  This was according to Aisha.
Abu Dawud (2:641) – The Prophet (p) said: Allah does not accept the prayer of a woman who has reached puberty unless she wears a veil.

Education is no reason for a being to bargain on Religion. In fact there is nothing that can battle God. Education is important, it trains the brain to reason.

This is why Islam attaches great importance to knowledge and education. When the Quran began to be revealed, the first word of its first verse was ‘Iqra’ that is, read. Allaah says, (what means): “Read! In the Name of your Lord Who has created (all that exists). He has created man from a clot (a piece of thick coagulated blood). Read! And your Lord is the Most Generous. Who has taught (the writing) by the pen. He has taught man that which he knew not” [Quran, 96: 1-5]A knowledgeable person is accorded great respect in many prophetic narrations.Because of the importance of knowledge, Allaah commanded His Messenger  to seek more of it. Allaah says (what means): “and say: `My Lord! Increase me in knowledge” [Quran, 20:114]

The Prophet  made seeking knowledge an obligation upon every Muslim, and he  explained that the superiority of the one who has knowledge over the one who merely worships is like the superiority of the moon over every other heavenly body. He  said that the scholars are the heirs of the Prophets and that the Prophets, may Allaah exalt their mention did not leave behind any money, rather their inheritance was knowledge, so whoever acquires it has gained a great share. Furthermore, the Prophet  said that seeking knowledge is a way leading to Paradise. He  said: “Whoever follows a path in the pursuit of knowledge, Allaah will make a path to Paradise easy for him.” (Al-Bukhaari)

 Regarding this I had a few telling me, ‘You should always try to blend with the people around you’ and ‘There are much more things in the world’. The Hereafter is going to be extremely fierce in a manner that is out of human imagination. This is an ephemeral life. Do we wish to forfeit an eternity of Heavenly glee and enchantment for a few worldly decades?

TV Promoting Racism and Selling Ideas — December 24, 2011
Islam is to be preached, not slammed in the face! — November 28, 2011

Islam is to be preached, not slammed in the face!

(THIS IS BAD)

Governmental enforcement and bans

A map showing the prevalence of the Hijab[citation needed]

Some governments encourage and even oblige women to wear the hijab, while others have banned it in at least some public settings.

Some Muslims believe hijab covering for women should be compulsory as part of sharia, i.e. Muslim law. Wearing of the hijab was enforced by the Taliban regime in Afghanistan, and is enforced in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and in the Islamic Republic of Iran. The Islamic Emirate required women to cover not only their head but their face as well, because “the face of a woman is a source of corruption” for men not related to them.[24] While some women wholeheartedly embrace the rules, others protest by observing the rules in an inconsistent fashion, or flouting them whenever possible. Sudan’s criminal code allows the flogging or fining of anyone who “violates public morality or wears indecent clothing”, albeit without defining “indecent clothing.”

Turkey, Tunisia, and Tajikistan are Muslim-majority countries where the law prohibits the wearing of hijab in government buildings, schools, and universities. In Tunisia, women were banned from wearing hijab in state offices in 1981 and in the 1980s and 1990s more restrictions were put in place.[25] In 2008 the Turkish government attempted to lift a ban on Muslim headscarves at universities, but were overturned by the country’s Constitutional Court.[26] Though in December 2010, the Turkish government ended the headscarf ban in universities.[27]

On March 15, 2004, France passed a law banning “symbols or clothes through which students conspicuously display their religious affiliation” in public primary schools, middle schools, and secondary schools. In the Belgian city of Maaseik, Niqāb has been banned.[28] (2006)

On July 13, 2010, France’s lower house of parliament overwhelmingly approved a bill that would ban wearing the Islamic full veil in public. There were 335 votes for the bill and one against in the 557-seat National Assembly.

(THIS IS EVEN WORSE!!!)

Non-governmental

Non-governmental enforcement of hijab is found in many parts of the Muslim world.

Successful informal coercion of women by sectors of society to wear hijab has been reported in Gaza where Mujama’ al-Islami, the predecessor of Hamas, reportedly used “a mixture of consent and coercion” to “‘restore’ hijab” on urban educated women in Gaza in the late 1970s and 1980s.

Similar behavior was displayed by Hamas itself during the first intifada in Palestine. Though a relatively small movement at this time, Hamas exploited the political vacuum left by perceived failures in strategy by the Palestinian factions to call for a ‘return’ to Islam as a path to success, a campaign that focused on the role of women.[30] Hamas campaigned for the wearing of the hijab alongside other measures, including insisting women stay at home, segregation from men and the promotion of polygamy. In the course of this campaign women who chose not to wear the hijab were verbally and physically harassed, with the result that the hijab was being worn ‘just to avoid problems on the streets’.

According to journalist Jane Kramer, in France, veiling among school girls became increasingly common following the terrorist attacks of 11 September 2001, due to coercion by “fathers and uncles and brothers and even their male classmates” of the school girls. “Girls who did not conform were excoriated, or chased, or beaten by fanatical young men meting out Islamic justice.”[32] According to the American magazine The Weekly Standard, a survey conducted in France in May 2003 reportedly “found that 77% of girls wearing the hijab said they did so because of physical threats from Islamist groups.”

In Srinagar, India in 2001 an “acid attack on four young Muslim women … by an unknown militant outfit [was followed by] swift compliance by women of all ages on the issue of wearing the chadar (head-dress) in public.”

In Basra, Iraq, “more than 100 women who didn’t adhere to strict Islamic dress code” were killed between the summer of 2007 and spring of 2008 by Islamist militias (primarily the Mahdi Army) who controlled the police there, according to the CBS news program 60 Minutes.

Islamists in other countries have been accused of attacking or threatening to attack the faces of women in an effort to intimidate them from wearing of makeup or allegedly immodest dress.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hijab

Just be Modest, will you? — November 22, 2011

Just be Modest, will you?

Bismillah

The other day my friend told me, ‘Thank god I’m not a Muslim, I can’t wear all this niqab.’

How am I supposed to react to this? Pity her? It only made me think how ignorant she is. She couldn’t see my reaction as I was wearing a niqab. Why do people think that every Muslim who follows Islam is being forced to do so? Wearing a niqab doesn’t discomfort me. I wear a niqab because I love wearing it and it makes me feel so close to Allah and protected from dirty attention. I wouldn’t like to expose myself to every random man and attract unwanted attention. to me thats so disgusting! It’s not even obligatory in Islam to wear a niqab! What about the women in France who are fighting for their rights to wear a niqab in France? Are all of them being forced to fight? I am glad Islam has the concept of hijab. It is so comforting to men and women with knowledge. The amazing things you achieve by doing hijab and niqab are

  • No one can judge your financial status.
  • Your jewelry isn’t exposed, so i guess you don’t get robbed on the street :-).
  • Your skin is protected from from everything free of cost.
  • Your hair stays healthy.
  • No one gets to admire your body’s figure.
  • Your partner is very secure about you.
  • You gain respect.
  • The evil can’t spot you.
  • You are not the reason for ruining some man’s relationship with his partner.
  • You don’t get the sin of attracting a man’s attention in a dirty way.
  • You don’t cause the feeling of jealousy in another woman’s heart.
  • You don’t let other women feel insecure about their external beauty.
  • You get to inspire other men and women to follow Islam. So you get their reward as well :-).
  • You don’t spend unnecessary money on shopping expensive clothes or accessories or make up.
  • No man in his right mind would approach you to flirt with you.
  • You don’t have to spend all that time getting ready.
  • It is a sunnah as the wives of Prophet Muhammad (saw) used to do this.
  • Almost forgot! Your face gains Noor. You get a clear face and beautiful skin ;-), Mashallah.
  •  And the best part, everybody knows you’re a believer.

When you do it for the love of Allah not even the blaring sun would be a problem. Unless and until you understand why hijab is necessary, no one will like it. Hope this helped.

Allah knows best.

Why She Won’t Wear Hijab! — November 19, 2011

Why She Won’t Wear Hijab!

Why She Won’t Wear Hijab!

A Discussion by A.Q. Alidost

A conversation for Muslim sisters:

“I’m so tired.”

“Tired of what?”

“Of all these people judging me.”

“Who judged you?”

“Like that woman, every time I sit with her, she tells me to wear hijab.”

“Oh, hijab and music! The mother of all topics!”

“Yeah! I listen to music without hijab… haha!”

“Maybe she was just giving you advice.”

“I don’t need her advice. I know my religion. Can’t she mind her own business?”

“Maybe you misunderstood. She was just being nice.”

“Keeping out of my business, that would be nice…”

“But it’s her duty to encourage you do to good.”

“Trust me. That was no encouragement. And what do you mean ‘good’?”

“Well, wearing hijab, that would be a good thing to do.”

“Says who?”

“It’s in the Quran, isn’t it?”

“Yes. She did quote me something.”

“She said Surah Nur, and other places of the Quran.”

“Yes, but it’s not a big sin anyway. Helping people and praying is more important.”

“True. But big things start with small things.”

“That’s a good point, but what you wear is not important. What’s important is to have a good healthy heart.”

“What you wear is not important?”

“That’s what I said.”

“Then why do you spend an hour every morning fixing up?”

“What do you mean?”

“You spend money on cosmetics, not to mention all the time you spend on fixing your hair and low-carb dieting.”

“So?”

“So, your appearance IS important.”

“No. I said wearing hijab is not an important thing in religion.”

“If it’s not an important thing in religion, why is it mentioned in the Noble Quran?”

“You know I can’t follow all that’s in Quran.”

“You mean God tells you something to do, you disobey and then it’s OK?”

“Yes. God is forgiving.”

“God is forgiving to those who repent and do not repeat their mistakes.”

“Says who?”

“Says the same book that tells you to cover.”

“But I don’t like hijab, it limits my freedom.”

“But the lotions, lipsticks, mascara and other cosmetics set you free?!

What’s your definition of freedom anyway?”

“Freedom is in doing whatever you like to do.”

“No. Freedom is in doing the right thing, not in doing whatever we wish to do.”

“Look! I’ve seen so many people who don’t wear hijab and are nice people, and so many who wear hijab and are bad people.”

“So what? There are people who are nice to you but are alcoholic. Should we all be alcoholics? You made a stupid point.”

“I don’t want to be an extremist or a fanatic. I’m OK the way I am without hijab.”

“Then you are a secular fanatic. An extremist in disobeying God.”

“You don’t get it, if I wear hijab, who would marry me?!”

“So all these people with hijab never get married?!”

“Okay! What if I get married and my husband doesn’t like it? And wants me to remove it?”

“What if your husband wants you to go out with him on a bank robbery?!”

“That’s irrelevant, bank robbery is a crime.”

“Disobeying your Creator is not a crime?”

“But then who would hire me?”

“A company that respects people for who they are.”

“Not after 9-11”

Yes. After 9-11. Don’t you know about Hanan who just got into med school?

And the other one, what was her name, the girl who always wore a white hijab… ummm…”

“Yasmin?”

“Yes. Yasmin. She just finished her MBA and is now interning for GE.”

“Why do you reduce religion to a piece of cloth anyway?”

“Why do you reduce womanhood to high heals and lipstick colors?”

“You didn’t answer my question.”

“In fact, I did. Hijab is not just a piece of cloth. It is obeying God in a difficult environment. It is courage, faith in action, and true womanhood.

But your short sleeves, tight pants…”

“That’s called ‘fashion’, you live in a cave or something? First of all, hijab was founded by men who wanted to control women.”

“Really? I did not know men could control women by hijab.”

“Yes. That’s what it is.”

“What about the women who fight their husbands to wear hijab? And women in France who are forced to remove their hijab by men? What do you say about that?”

“Well, that’s different.”

“What difference? The woman who asked you to wear hijab… she was a woman, right?”

“Right, but…”

“But fashions that are designed and promoted by male-dominated corporations, set you free? Men have no control on exposing women and using them as a commodity?! Give me a break!”

“Wait, let me finish, I was saying…”

“Saying what? You think that men control women by hijab?”

“Yes.”

“Specifically how?”

“By telling women how and what to wear, dummy!”

“Doesn’t TV, magazines and movies tell you what to wear, and how to be ‘attractive’?”

“Of course, it’s fashion.”

“Isn’t that control? Pressuring you to wear what they want you to wear?”

[Silence]

“Not just controlling you, but also controlling the market.”

“What do you mean?”

“I mean, you are told to look skinny and anorexic like that woman on the cover of the magazine, by men who design those magazines and sell those products.”

“I don’t get it. What does hijab have to do with products.”

“It has everything to do with that. Don’t you see? Hijab is a threat to consumerism, women who spend billions of dollars to look skinny and live by standards of fashion designed by men… and then here is Islam, saying trash all that nonsense and focus on your soul, not on your looks, and do not worry what men think of your looks.”

“Like I don’t have to buy hijab? Isn’t hijab a product?”

“Yes, it is. It is a product that sets you free from male-dominated consumerism.”

“Stop lecturing me! I WILL NOT WEAR HIJAB!

It is awkward, outdated, and totally not suitable for this society… Moreover, I am only 20 and too young to wear hijab!”

“Fine. Say that to your Lord, when you face Him on Judgment Day.”

“Fine.”

“Fine.”

[Silence]

“Shut up and I don’t want to hear more about hijab niqab schmijab Punjab!”

[Silence]

She stared at the mirror, tired of arguing with herself all this time.

Successful enough, she managed to shut the voices in her head, with her own opinions triumphant in victory on the matter, and a final modern decision accepted by the society – but rejected by the Faith:

“Yes!” – to curls on the hair – “No!” – to hijab!

“And he (/she) is indeed a failure who corrupts it [the soul]!” [Noble Quran 91:10]

Subhana’Allah!!!

“Nay! You prefer the life of this world; While the hereafter is better and more lasting.” [Noble Quran 87:16-17]

“You are the best community (Ummah) raised up for (the benefit of) humanity; enjoining what is right and forbidding what is wrong and believing in Allah.” [Noble Quran 3:110]

http://www.islamswomen.com/hijab/why_she_wont_wear_hijab.php

Hijab is a threat to consumerism, women who spend billions of dollars to look skinny and live by standards of fashion designed by men… and then here is Islam, saying trash all that nonsense and focus on your soul, not on your looks, and do not worry what men think of your looks.

Why am I on Facebook? — November 6, 2011
Islamic swimwear for women — August 19, 2011
Mahram & Hijab for Women — July 25, 2011

Mahram & Hijab for Women

24:31] “And say to the believing women that they should lower their gaze and guard their modesty; that they should not display their beauty and ornaments except what (must ordinarily) appear thereof; that they should draw their veils over their bosoms and not display their beauty except to their husbands, their fathers, their husband’s fathers, their sons, their husbands’ sons, their brothers or their brothers’ sons, or their sisters’ sons, or their women, or the slaves whom their right hands possess, or male servants free of physical needs, or small children who have no sense of the shame of sex; and that they should not strike their feet in order to draw attention to their hidden ornaments. And O ye Believers! turn ye all together towards Allah, that ye may attain Bliss”.

In this verse not only those who are MAHRAM for a Muslim women are mentioned but also ALLAH ALMIGHTY’S CLEAR CUT ORDERS about lowering their gaze is given.

MUSLIM WOMEN ORDERED TO TAKE HIJAB:
ALLAH ALMIGHTY ALSO COMMANDS Muslim women to veil themselves before going out or coming in front of any Non-Mahram, so that they not be molested and teased . Its really ALLAH ALMIGHTY’S gift for all the Muslim women but we, unluckily, ponder over it not.

IN SURAH AHZAB ALLAH ALMIGHTY COMMANDS ABOUT THE BELIEVING WOMEN:
33:59] “O Prophet! Tell thy wives and daughters, and the believing women, that they should cast their outer garments over their persons (when abroad): that is most convenient, that they should be known (as such) and not molested. And Allah is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful”.

Hijab for Men —

Hijab for Men

Moreover for a Muslim man, ALLAH ALMIGHTY also Orders him to lower his gaze. In this context ALLAH ALMIGHTY Commands in the following verse of SURAH NOOR:

24:30] Say to the believing men that they should lower their gaze and guard their modesty: that will make for greater purity for them: And Allah is well acquainted with all that they do.

Here it is also to be kept in mind by all the believing MEN that such orders of “lowering the gaze” were first ordained onto them and in the very next verse same orders were prescribed onto the believing women.
But what happens commonly in the Muslim societies today is that,

“PARENTS DO WARN THEIR DAUGHTERS NOT TO LOOK AT MALES BUT THEY FORGET TO TEACH THEIR SONS THAT THEY TOO ARE STRICTLY PROHIBITED BY ALLAH ALMIGHTY AND HOLY PROPHET (SAW) TO NOT STARE AND RAISE THEIR GAZE TOWARDS FEMALES.”

REAL TRAUMA:
And no doubt this is the crux of the matter why Muslim Societies Today are ruined and going onto the verge of disaster. Its parents’ duty indeed to tell their children both sons and daughters, about the clear cut commands of ALLAH ALMIGHTY, so that there may arise no indecent, immoral and unethical situations as today we are seeing and unfortunately facing in our Islamic Societies. In fact if the children are being warned about these all commands from the very childhood and are bewared that in case of disobedience of such rules they ll have to face ALLAH ALMIGHTY’S wrath & RASOOL ALLAH (SAW)’s anger in both the worlds, then from the earliest age, a sense of aversion from all such prohibited acts ll develop in them. They ll realize that from these things ALLAH ALMIGHTY WILL BE ANGRY at them and this concept will be so firm in their minds that on reaching the age of maturity they ll never ever INSHA ALLAH TALA indulge themselves in any indecent, UNISLAMIC Acts.